About the Association of School Leaders
Skolelederforbundet – vi løfter landets viktigste ledere

About the Association of School Leaders

The Association of School Leaders is a trade union and a professional association for school leaders – principals as well as assistant and deputy heads – and administrators from all areas of education. It is the only organisation organising only pedagogical leaders.

The Association is a member of The Confederation of Vocational Unions (YS), a politically independent umbrella organisation for employees. The Association of School Leaders was founded in 1977.

The organisation

The National Congress is our highest authority and is held once every third year. The congress elects President, vice-president and Executive Committee. The Executive Committee is responsible for the political activities which take place between the National Congresses. There are county branches in each county – 19 in all – and each of these has its own county committee. The leaders of the county committees make up the National Board and meets twice a year. They deal with matters of overriding and fundamental importance, and give the executive committee advise on issues of political importance. We have a secretariat situated in the center of Oslo. The secretariat has eight full time employees and one part-time. The President is working full time in the secretariat.

Union challenges

As a union for school leaders in all areas of the education system, we aim to look after the interests of our members including professional issues concerning leadership, not only issues relating to the pay and working conditions for leaders. The Association of School Leaders also concerns itself with educational development and participate in the debate in this area. 

We focus on:

  • Wages and conditions for school leaders better than that of their personnel
  • A national standard for school leadership competence
  • Continual development of competence through education paid by the employer
  • Giving school leaders the right to teach, but not the obligation to do so
  • Conditions for school leaders to have sufficient time and resources to exercise good leadership
  • Organising the teachers’ working year flexibly in accordance with the need of the pupils
  • Giving school leaders autonomy and authority to organise the total resources of their school in continual discussion with the representatives of the school’s personnel